dao

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English[edit]

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A Chinese dao and scabbard.
A Naga dao and scabbard.

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

  1. From the pinyin romanization of Chinese (Dào, literally the Way) or (dào, "circuit").
  2. From the pinyin romanization of Chinese (dāo, literally single-edged blade).

Proper noun[edit]

dao

  1. (Chinese philosophy) Alternative form of Tao: the way of nature and/or the ideal way to live one's life.

Noun[edit]

dao (usually uncountable, plural daos)

  1. (historical) Synonym of circuit: various administrative divisions of imperial and early Republican China.
  2. A Chinese sword with a curved, single-edged blade, primarily used for slashing and chopping
  3. A sword and construction tool of the Naga people of India, which has a wooden hilt and grows wider from the narrow hilt to the wide, flat tip.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Tagalog or Cebuano dao.

Noun[edit]

dao (plural daos)

  1. Dracontomelon dao; a large tree of the family Anacardiaceae; the argus pheasant tree.
  2. The hard strong wood of the dao used for veneers and cabinetwork.

Anagrams[edit]


Aromanian[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Feminine form of doi. From Latin duae, nominative feminine of duo.

Numeral[edit]

dao f (masculine doi)

  1. two

Cebuano[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: da‧o

Noun[edit]

dao

  1. dao (Dracontomelon dao)
  2. the edible fruit of this tree
  3. the wood from this tree

Limburgish[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

dao

  1. there
Synonyms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

dao

  1. for that reason

Mandarin[edit]

Romanization[edit]

dao

  1. Nonstandard spelling of dāo.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of dáo.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of dǎo.
  4. Nonstandard spelling of dào.

Usage notes[edit]

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Tagalog[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Compare Cebuano dao, Kapampangan dau,and Indonesian dahu.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: da‧o
  • IPA(key): /daˈʔo/, [dɐˈʔo]

Noun[edit]

daó

  1. dao tree (Dracontomelon dao)
  2. wood from the dao tree

Toba Batak[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *zauq.

Adjective[edit]

dao

  1. far

References[edit]

  • Warneck, J. (1906). Tobabataksch-Deutsches Wörterbuch. Batavia: Landesdrukkerij, p. 45.

Toraja-Sa'dan[edit]

Adverb[edit]

dao

  1. above

Vietnamese[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • (North Central Vietnam) đao

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Vietic *-taːw, from Old Chinese (OC *C.tˤaw) (B-S) (SV: đao). Compare North Central Vietnamese đao (knife).

This word was borrowed at a stage when the Sinitic word still retained the preinitial, thus causing lenition: *-t- > Middle Vietnamese dĕao [ðj-] > modern [z- ~ j-]. The Sino-Vietnamese reading đao, on the other hand, derived from Middle Chinese (MC tɑu) when the onset already simplified and resulted in a stop. The North Central đao, although formally identical to the more recent Sino-Vietnamese reading due to the fact that these dialects did not undergo lenition to the large extent, belongs to the same stratum as dao, as indicated by the meaning "knife".

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

(classifier con) dao (, , )

  1. knife
    dao bếpa kitchen knife

Derived terms[edit]